Marking scale

The University uses two different marking scales, which may differ from the way your work has been assessed elsewhere.

Description of the marking scales

Faculties and schools (other than the schools of Medicine and Dentistry in relation to the MBChB and BChD programmes) mark undergraduate and postgraduate modules, examinations scripts and other assessed work on either the University's standardised 20-90 scale, or its extended 0-100 scale. The marking scale being used by your school is stated in your faculty or school's Code of Practice on Assessment. 

In both scales the mark of 40 corresponds to a borderline third and 70 to a borderline first. All assessed work is marked, within the relevant scale, according to the achievement represented.

Minimum pass mark for modules

The minimum pass mark for Undergraduate level 0, 1, 2 or 3 modules is 40 (on both the 20-90 and 0-100 scales).

The minimum pass mark for Postgraduate level M modules is 50 (on both the 20-90 and 0-100 scales).

For further information about grading and marking – including progression and resits – please read the Rules for Award.

Translating the scales 

To standardise module grades, the 20-90 scale is used as the basis for degree classification and all 0-100 grades are converted to it.

The two scales correspond exactly between 30 and 80, which is where most of the students’ marks will fall.

To be able to use the classification calculator to estimate your final result, you will need to translate any marks awarded on the 0-100 scale to the 20-90 scale. This table shows how the two scales translate to each other.

 Mark awarded on 0-100 scale  0-1 2-4  5-7  8-10  11-13  14-16   17-19 20-22   23-25 26-28  29 
 Translation (20-90 scale)  20 21  22  23  24  25  26  27  28  29  30 
  Mark awarded on 0-100 scale  81 82-83   84-85 86-87  88-89  90-91  92-93  94-95  96-97  98-99  100 
  Translation (20-90 scale)  80 81  82  83  84  85  86  87  88  89  90